Vaughan Mills Launches Smart Parking!
A sustainable transportation initiative.
Starting April 18, 2012, Vaughan Mills will offer 12 Smart Parking spaces conveniently located at each of the six shopping centre entrances, next to the designated accessible parking spaces throughout the property. Visitors who travel to the centre by electric or hybrid vehicles, use a Zipcar, or are members of Carpool Zone; may utilize these preferred Smart Parking spaces.
It is estimated that the average annual cost to own and operate a personal vehicle is somewhere between $7,000 and $10,000. Carpooling allows you to share that expense, leaving you with cash for other things.
Smart Commute’s ride matching website, Carpool Zone, can help you find a carpool partner! Carpool Zone is free, easy and non-commital. Register on the Carpool Zone group and enter a starting address, along with your weekly schedule and travel preferences. View potential matches and send invitations through the website. After agreeing to share a ride, your carpool will be formed and you can start enjoying the benefits of smart commuting. Best of all, Carpool Zone rewards users for their eco-friendly efforts and tracks greenhouse gases and money saved by carpooling.
Already carpool? Take advantage of HOV lanes and provincial carpool parking lots as meeting locations.
Public Transit/Shuttle Service
YRT/Viva: Route 12 services Vaughan Mills. Once on bus 12, depart at the Vaughan Mills Mall Stop.
The Vaughan Mills Shopping Shuttle departs from Union Station. The 2011 Shuttle operates daily from May 1st to September 30th. Click here for more information on the Shopping Shuttle.
If you live within 10 kilometers of work, active commuting may work for you!
Did you know that the average person can walk 1km in 10 minutes and can bike 1km in less than 5 minutes? Walking/running is one of the best ways to commute. It’s cost-free, emits zero GHG pollutants into the air and promotes physical health.
If you’re considering using your bike as part of your commute, why not “Rack it and Rocket” with the TTC? Bikes are stored at the front end of the bus. View a demonstration on TTC bike racks here.
If needed, improve your fitness by doing short evening rides to start, or try riding part of the way to work and taking public transit the rest of the way. Take a cycling course such as CAN-Bike (www.canbike.net), and read the Highway Traffic Act for information on cycling rights at www.e-laws.gov.on.ca.
Active commuting doesn’t mean you are limited to staying at work during your breaks. Try walking, biking, or taking transit to local stores during your break. Running your errands on lunch also means that you can go straight home after work.